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This story is No. 1 in the series "Hyena Blues". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: Buffy hesitates - non-consensual/rape warning

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DC Universe > Surprise CrossovercmdruhuraFR215078,0004120112,62716 Jul 0826 May 14Yes

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The Pack

Rating: R - Violent imagery - death
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the recognizable characters. I receive no profits from this. It is just for fun.
Archiving: Please ask.
Feedback: Constructive Criticism desired.
Beta: None.
Summary: Buffy hesitates.

AN: It’ll be the next chapter before returning to Xander’s plot line.

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The Pack sprinted away from the school and headed into the neighborhood beyond. They darted through back yards and alleyways, till they spied a family of three leaving a house and heading towards a car. The adults were bickering and the meek little boy looked like an easy mark.

While it was true they had eaten only a short time before, in reality they hadn’t eaten all that much, spending most of their time tearing Principle Flutie to shreds. The boy looked to be the right size for their needs.

As they closed in on the family, it was the mother that noticed them first, and seemed to instinctively sense them as a threat.

“Timmy,” she suddenly said abandoning her argument with her husband. “Get in the car. Now!”

The boy obeyed quickly.

“Now that wasn’t very nice,” said Kyle in a cheerfully, malicious voice. “We wanted to play.”

“Get away from us you . . . you delinquents!” sputtered the man.

Kyle and Rhonda cornered the woman against the side of the car while Tor and Heidi did the same with the man on the other side. For several seconds nothing happened then the woman threw her purse in Kyle’s face and screamed, “Get the hell away from us!”

The purse clasp cut Kyle above his right eye and the blow stunned him for a beat. Rhonda had moved forward as soon as the purse left the woman’s hands and grabbed the woman’s coat. Tor and Heidi both tore into the man and quickly got him on the ground.

The boy in the car could only look on in horror.

The woman and Rhonda struggled, with the woman somehow keeping Rhonda between her and Kyle, thus minimizing any assistance he might provide her attacker.

In desperation to disentangle herself from the deranged teen, the woman began slapping and hitting her though with little effect. This only served to make Rhonda angrier. When she let go of the coat with her right hand to hit the woman back, the woman saw her opening jabbed her fingers into Rhonda’s throat as hard as she could.

Rhonda released the woman and stumbled to her knees as she grabbed her throat and tried to breathe. Meanwhile, Kyle smashed the woman in the face once Rhonda had moved out of the way. Once the woman was on the ground he beat her with a savage fury that continued long after she stopped moving.

Rhonda’s gasped breaths only lasted slightly longer than the woman’s before she too lay still.

That was when they heard the sirens.

As they looked around to determine the direction the sound was coming from, a police car screeched around the corner about a block away. The three teens started to bolt in the opposite direction.

Tor lost his footing on the blood soaked driveway and stumbled into the street right in front of the police car. The driver instinctively slammed on his brakes but the car still ended up knocking Tor down and then having its front right tire running over his back thus crushing his spine.

Kyle and Heidi turned at the yelping sounds Tor made as he was hit and run over. They were about to return and attack the officer but he’d gotten out of his car and began shooting at them. While most of his shots when wild, one managed to hit Heidi in the upper right arm. This prompted the two remaining Pack members to run away.

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With Heidi injured and losing blood, the still human part of Kyle’s brain told him they needed to find a place to hide. Preferably someplace they wouldn’t be looked for but also someplace where they could have an advantage if found. Only one place came to mind, so he headed in that direction while Heidi followed along.

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The Zookeeper was in the Hyena House fuming over the disruption to his plans for gaining power. He’d re-consecrated the empowerment drawings on the floor but needed at least one of the blasted teens in order to redo the spell. Something that would prove difficult to do without drawing attention to himself the longer the power was within them.

His musings were interrupted when Kyle rushed into the building. Kyle skidded to a stop just outside the magic ring, though he didn’t seem to pay it much heed and was just reacting to the Zookeeper’s presence.

As for the Zookeeper himself, he could tell by the blood spattered clothing that this was one of the teens he needed for the spell and wasn’t going to question why he was there. He just needed him to cross over the outer edge and the power would be his.

“Are you alright?” asked the Zookeeper as though he was just reacting to what could be an injured person.

“Are you injured?” he continued solicitously so as not to spook the boy away.

Kyle just gave a slightly demented laugh.

“I can help you if you let me,” said the Zookeeper. “Come here and we’ll get you cleaned up.”

Kyle moved forward cautiously but with the intent to kill the man once he was close enough. However, when he finally did spring at the man, the Zookeeper whipped out a knife and allowed Kyle’s own momentum to impale him on it. The golden light flashed in Kyle’s eyes one more time then it was the Zookeeper’s turn.

The power transfer momentarily stunned him into immobility, which is why Heidi was able to move from the shadows of the doorway where she’d hidden herself while her Alpha dealt with the prey and tackled the man who had killed the last of her Pack. Had she waited a couple of more moments she would have recognized a new Alpha, but that didn’t happen. Instead her momentum pushed them both over the side of the Hyena Pit and into the jaws of the hungry animals.

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